I know every corner of the city and hidden stories of each place.
I would like to have you know our culture and the way of living as well as delicate esthetics.
Kyoto shows various faces to you, not only traditonal aspects but beautiful scenaries and heart-easing atmosphere.
I am good at making tour plans.
If you like to have a private and relaxed tour, it's the best way to have me as your guide.
As a professional guide and also as local people, I will show you what you like to see and experience here
I am also ready to show you around surrounding area of Kyoto, such as Nara, Osaka, Himeji, Koyasan, Okayama, Kurashiki and Hiroshima, as well.
If you join some cultural activities, I also give some recommendations and suggestions or arrange one.
Before becoming a tour guide, I was a hotel concierge of the oldest hotel in Kyoto and helped many people enjoy the city.
I conducted more than 300 tours so far. To my gratitude, I got many thank-you letters from the people I guided for. They say I am knowledgeable, accommodating, friendly and funny (?)(maybe a sense of humor!)
If you are travelling in a big group, ( over 8 people ), please let me know and I will customize the tour for you. I have conducted tours for large groups as well.
If you don't find the tour you'd like to have, please drop me a line.
I will make a special itinerary only for you.
A Recent Review of this guide
Tomoko changed her itinerary last minute for me as I didn't want to go to the crowded places being it the Golden Week. We rode the bus and it was great for me. Saw Ohara and the gardens. We had a lovely lunch. She even was so knowledgeable about things like where to eat and what to do. I loved my day with her. All done in a very Japanese calm manner. I recommend her absolutely,
Fatti Vuarnier Blake
National licensed English guide (certification number: EN00047)
(I obtained the license in 2012 but I worked as a volunteer tour guide for 4 years before obtaining the license)
Authorized Tour Conductor
English teacher qualification
1st grade of English proficiency test in Japan( Eiken test )
I do not have a commercial driver's license. I cannot drive during the tours.